How To Make Continuous Bias Binding From A Rectangle

There are several ways to go about cutting and sewing bias binding tape. They've all got their pro's and con's. I'm going to show you my favourite method, but first I'll discuss the strip-by-strip method and the continuous method using a square of fabric.

Whichever method you use you'll start with deciding how wide you want your finished binding to be and multiply that by four. For example if you want a 1/4 inch wide finish on your hem you want to cut 1 inch wide strips. (unless you want double fold bias binding in which case you multiply by six).

Strip-by-Strip Method

Caul progress

I'd spent a few days thinking about some of the problems that needed to be solved to make Eleanora's caul and having come up with some possibilities it was time to give them a try. So yesterday I made a pricking for a full sized version and got started. I tried to add beads for the first time, however I wasn't happy with the result and decided I should make my caul without beads and test some of my other ideas first.


I soon realised I would have a big tangle of bobbins if I didn't get some sort of bobbin holder thingys sorted. So cat food cardboard boxes came to the rescue again. I tried a few different elastics and cardboard shapes, I'm not happy with them yet, but I'm using the ones I've made so far. You can sort of see one in the bottom left of the pic.

Some of the tensioning isn't the best. I'm much happier with the edges, shape and joins, and I made it about a quarter of the way through yesterday. Then last night I woke up at 3am and the solution for how to add the beads hit me. I just tried it and it's worked brilliantly.  Now I'm trying to decide if I should undo my work and add the beads or just keep going. What do you think?


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